Few American adults meet fruit and veggie goals, raising cancer risk

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A new study covering over 300,000 adults from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that few American adults meet the 2015 Dietary Guidelines recommendations for vegetables and fruit. Nationally, about 12% of adults eat enough fruit and a little more than 9% meet the vegetable goal.

AICR Research shows that eating a plant-based diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit can reduce risk for many cancers. The Dietary Guidelines also link a vegetable and fruit-heavy diet to a lower risk for chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. They recommend 1.5 – 2 cups of fruits and 2-3 cups of vegetables daily for adults.

The CDC researchers found that women, those with higher income and adults 51 or older were more likely to eat enough vegetables. Hispanics, women and 31-50 year olds most often met the fruit goal.

There were large differences between states, with West Virginia showing the lowest intake of vegetables (5.8%) and fruit (7.3%) and DC showing highest fruit intake (15.5%) while highest vegetable consumption was reported in Alaska (12%). You can see the statistics for your state here. Read more… “Few American adults meet fruit and veggie goals, raising cancer risk”

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    Major Oncology Group Underscores AICR Research Linking Alcohol and Cancer Risks

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    AICR’s analysis of the global research has continued to show over the years that drinking alcohol regularly – even light drinking – increases the risk of certain cancers.

    Now a major oncology organization, The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), has identified alcohol as a definite risk factor for cancer for the first time, citing AICR/WCRF reports as evidence. The statement, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, aims to raise awareness of this link for both the general public and oncologists. Read more… “Major Oncology Group Underscores AICR Research Linking Alcohol and Cancer Risks”

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      HealthTalk: Pea protein is everywhere, is it healthy?

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      Q: I’m suddenly seeing pea protein everywhere. What is it and is it healthy?

      A: Pea protein is an extract from split peas, and food manufacturers are adding this protein to a variety of foods like energy bars, meal-replacement shakes, veggie burgers and even cereals. You can also find it as a powder to add when making smoothies.

      With protein getting a lot of attention right now, pea protein offers a healthy option. Traditional approaches to boosting protein might have involved larger meat portions, yet evidence is strong that excess red and processed meats increase risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Read more… “HealthTalk: Pea protein is everywhere, is it healthy?”

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